San Diego Museums

If you’re looking to add even more learning to your San Diego trip, check out one of San Diego’s great museums. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites below.

San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art is the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum. The nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures. In addition, the Museum regularly features major exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults.

San Diego Natural History Museum

Locally known as “theNAT,” San Diego’s Natural History Museum features exhibits that focus on Earth and Life Sciences. While many exhibits are regionally based, the current main exhibit stars replicas of Egyptian Treasures from King Tut’s tomb. Also popular? Wacky Science Sundays with Ms. Frizzle, a hands-on learning experience with everyone’s favorite Magic School Bus driving teacher.

San Diego Museum of Man

The world-renowned Museum of Man “inspires human connections by exploring human experience.” Permanent exhibits explore the Maya, ancient Egypt, the Kumeyaay Indians of San Diego County, Human Evolution, and the Human Life Cycle, while current special exhibits include Monsters!, a family-friendly feature, and BEERology, for grown-ups only.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Home to the first IMAX Dome Theater, the “Fleet” features more than 100 interactive exhibits in eight exhibit galleries. Make sure to check out the Tinkering Studio, where you can create, experiment and invent with other Fleet visitors. Kids 5 and under will love Kid City, a special area designed just for them.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

San Diego has a rich aviation history, and it’s honored in the San Diego Air & Space Museum. In addition to viewing actual aircraft from a variety of eras, visitors can experience flight simulators and catch a film in the 3D/4D theater.

Which museums are on your list to check out in San Diego?

Author: Megan Jones (CEC)

CEC's Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Washington State native, Game of Thrones addict, unable to cook much more than pasta and even that is sometimes pushing it.

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